James MacMillan: Christmas Oratorio

Recorded at the Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall on 4 December 2021
Producer: Andrew Walton, K&A Productions
Engineer: Deborah Spanton, K&A Productions
Publisher: Boosey & Hawkes Ltd
Commissioned by the London Philharmonic Orchestra with the generous support of The Boltini Trust, NTR Zaterdagmatinee, Radio 4’s concert series in The Concertgebouw Amsterdam, the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and the New York Philharmonic Orchestra

Total playing time: 94:10
LPO – 0125
Made in Lithuania
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CD: James MacMillan: Christmas Oratorio

James MacMillan Christmas Oratorio

Mark Elder conductor
Lucy Crowe soprano
Roderick Williams baritone
London Philharmonic Orchestra
Pieter Schoeman leader
London Philharmonic Choir

Composed in 2019 and captured here in its 2021 UK premiere performance, James MacMillan’s Christmas Oratorio finds both mystery and splendour in the most familiar of sacred stories: the birth of Jesus. Embracing a Scots Gaelic lullaby, English poetry, Latin texts and Bible passages all recounting the Nativity, MacMillan deftly weaves together these strands in his trademark expressive and immediate language, reflecting both his Scottish roots and his deeply-held Catholic faith, to create a deeply moving and powerful work.

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